Shady’s Corner: Review of Here and Now by Nickelback

 

I’m so glad to see you’re back. It’s that time again, another Shady’s Corner. This time I take on Nickelback and the latest CD Here and Now.

Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below, also tell me if you like the CD?

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Transcript:

Here and Now by Nickelback

Nickelback - Here and Now

I’m Shady, and this is Shady’s Corner.

I am reviewing the new Nickelback, Here and Now, which arrived on store shelves in late 2011, which is almost 3 years after “Dark Horse”. 11 songs total on this disc, around 40 minutes of music.

This disc is consistent with previous releases, meaning that it has the hard driving  pop rock songs, a few rock ballads, and the typical filler songs. If it works, continue doing it.

I like Nickelback… or at least their faster harder songs.

The funny thing about this disc, when I first listened to it… I was kinda unimpressed and put it aside for awhile. Then I revisited the cd and realized that about 2/3 of this disc is very good, if you like rock songs about girls, parties, liquor, and fighting.

I know Nickelback played Sturgis a few years back, and have seen the concert footage. I rather liked watching them live from Sturgis Bike Week.

It’s as if they took their experience there and wrote songs geared toward the biker crowd, thinking they might actually play there again soon. I’m not sure if they are playing Sturgis this year as the Tour Dates currently only go through the end of June on their website.

I can say this about this disc, the first 6 of 7 songs really rock it out. It begins with a pounding song called This Means War, about fighting, then moves into “Bottoms Up” a song totally committed to drinking… and they even mention one of my favorite whiskeys, Jack.

Third song, When We Stand Together is an Anthem song discussing the pains of war and how we need to support our troops. The 4th song, and my favorite on the disc, Midnight Queen… is a rocking, fast paced guitar rock song where Chad Kroeger is “addicted to the Red Light Show”. Again, bar, drinking, sex.

Gotta Get Some… the ultimate girl of every man’s dreams… pretty much. Ditto previous song.

What I can’t understand is the next song called Lullaby. I’m not a fan. It’s a ballad that’s not really that good and if it even belongs on this disc. If they wanted to slow the pace down, I would have swapped the 8 song which is a better slow song… Trying Not to Love You.

7 song also rocks… called Kiss it Goodbye.

The rest of the disc seems like filler songs although the 10 song, Everything I Wanna Do, adds the dirtiness to what seems like a lullaby… he talks about a gal that does everything Naughty and he even includes spelling out the F word inside the song…

Again, if it works…

This is a good disc overall. Not sure I would own all the songs, but for me, the first 6 out of 7 songs are a great addition to your Nickelback playlist. I say it’s up to you whether you want to own the disc or just purchase two thirds of the songs from iTunes. I personally think the purchase of the disc was worth it.

I am giving this release 41/2 flaming skulls out of 5.

I’m Shady, Let’s ride.

Shady’s Corner – A review of ZZ Top A Tribute From Friends…

Hey kids, you know what time it is?!?!? It’s time for Shady’s Corner!

In this clip, Shady the Biker shares his thoughts about the CD ZZ Top A Tribute From Friends. Watch to see if he thinks this album is worth skipping or buying. Also find out who makes a tribute to ZZ Top.

You probably do not know, but we like to give a helping hand here at EftRoU so we wanted to let you know that if you want the following songs on the CD you will have to buy the album.

  • Tush
  • Legs
  • Just Got Paid
  • Waitin’ For The Bus / Jesus Just Left Chicago

So head on over to Amazon to buy ZZ Top A Tribute From Friends or you can just get the songs that are available digitally at iTunes.

For more great reviews from Shady, click here.

 

A Music Review of “Scream” by Ozzy Osbourne…

Scream by Ozzy Osbourne

Sony/Epic Records

Many things come to mind when the name Ozzy Osbourne comes into play; whether it be his crazy antics of the past, his widely popular reality show “The Osbournes”, or his glory days with Black Sabbath. The man has continued to make music and influence others for over forty years now, which in itself is very impressive task at hand. Over his career he has brought us so many great songs, songs which are still loved and enjoyed to this day. Well the madman is back with a brand new album release titled Scream.

Probably the most exciting part of the new album is Ozzy has brought along a  new guitarist with him, and a new sound along with it. Ozzy parted ways with Zakk Wylde, who has played and recorded on his last 8 albums. This was a definite smart move on Ozzy’s part because while Zakk is an incredible guitarist in his own right, his style and techniques tend to be repeated quite a bit from one album to the next.
Ozzy, now working with Gus G, a very talented guitarist from Greece, has brought back a spark in his music again, that in my opinion was absent in his last few releases. One of the great things about Gus is he has a very melodic style to his playing, and this was something that Zakk definitely lacked while with Ozzy. When I first heard the first single off the album “Let Me Hear You Scream” I was blown away by not only the musicianship at hand, but how powerful and strong the song was. This is a feeling that certainly had been lacking from the last release or two.

Scream does a great job of taking a blend of Ozzy’s older style of music and adding a new element to it; this being important so that Ozzy pleases his long time followers, along with gaining new fans who enjoy the newer metal style. It definitely has to be one of Ozzy’s heavier sounding records as a whole. What I love most about it, is that while it is a heavy record, the melodic aspect is added back into it. For me songs like “Let Me Hear You Scream” and “Diggin Me Down” are perfect examples of this. “Life Won’t Wait” brings us another signature Ozzy power ballad, and “Soul Sucker” has a very new metal style too it. So overall Ozzy has something in there for everyone, old fans and new.

I will say that the entire album doesn’t have the same spark and strength of his first single “Let Me Hear You Scream,” but it is a good record as a whole and I found myself after a few listens liking it more and more. Ozzy now at the age of 62 is showing people he can still sing like a madman, make great songs, and also tour the world with Ozzfest! If you want a screaming record to turn up and blare in the car I definitely recommend Scream by Ozzy Osbourne. I would have to give it 3.5 out of 5 stars!

-Warren